Community Service: 4-H Teen Leadership Club gathers Christmas gifts for families in need

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
4-H Teen Leadership Club members (from left) Dalton Warner, Kaitlyn Warner, Emily Battin, Jesse Warner, Hannah Stewart, elementary principal Kelly Swofford, Georgia Bell Patterson, Nathan Edwards and Duncan Patterson gather gifts at Berryville Elementary School on Thursday to give to two families in need. Not pictured are club members Jeana Wyatt, Greg Wyatt, Miriam Wyatt, Larkin Rice and Lauryn Baker. The teen leadership club raised $406 at Christmas Gifts Galore and used the money to provide Christmas for local families.
Photo by Tavi Ellis/Carroll County News

The 4-H Teen Leadership Club is making sure everyone has a merry Christmas this year.

On Thursday, club members presented gifts at Berryville Elementary School for staff to deliver to two families in need.

Emily Battin, chairwoman of the club’s Christmas committee, said the club members raised $406 at Christmas Gifts Galore in November by selling hot dogs, coffee and other food items during the event. As a result, she said, they were able to use that money to provide Christmas for two families in need. Berryville staff provided lists of what the families wanted for Christmas, she said.

“We raised $406, and we picked out two families, one of our own 4-H families and another family in the community,” Battin said. “A couple of us went to Walmart and split the money in half, so each family had $203 to spend. We got everything on their Christmas lists.”

She said it was nice for the club members to give back to the community for the holiday season.

“It felt really good,” Battin said.

Sherry Ream, 4-H program assistant for Carroll County, said the Christmas gifts are just one example of the community service the Teen Leadership Club performs. The 4-H Teen Leadership Club is for local teenagers ages 14 to 19, she said. In addition to performing community service, she said the club has guest speakers come in to give educational and career-based presentations.

For more information on the 4-H Teen Leadership Club, contact Ream at 870-423-2958.

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